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Sculpture Capital of Canada: Castlegar, BC

With a population that is 7,000 strong, the community of Castlegar harbours a deeply rooted desire to nurture burgeoning artists, all while encouraging enthusiasts to take it outside.  Castlegar’s Sculpturewalk is the “Sculpture Capital of Canada”; a collection of local and international works artfully displayed throughout the city’s parks and plazas.  They welcome art-minded visitors and locals out-of-doors to view these one-of-a-kind and sometimes, surprising sculptures. 

“Share the Road” by Alexis Mainland (Featured in 2016); Photo by David Gluns

The masterpieces are on loan and will be showcased with one sculpture ultimately selected by the locals (The People’s Choice Award,) as a permanent landmark within the community.  The annually event attracts local, regional and international world-class sculptural talent to be showcased in Castlegar, BC.

“Big Flirt” by Christine Knapp (Featured in 2018); Photo by David Gluns

“Maple Leaf” by Mary Macnicol, Chris Perepolkin, Geoff Verigin & Peter Wulowka (Featured in 2017); Photo by David Gluns

“Sphere of Influcence by Carl Schlichting; Photo by David Gluns
~ This was purchased by the community Rossland and is featured in the down centre

Want to keep walking? Stroll the landscape of nearby Zuckerberg Island Heritage Park, with its swath of pretty parkland, suspension bridge and a unique Russian Orthodox country chapel, built by the park’s namesake, the late Alexander Zuckerberg, to celebrate his family’s heritage.

Come explore the Sculpture Capitol of Canada, in Castlegar, BC.

Know Before You Go – Upcoming travel plans? Living in the mountains can come with unexpected changes in weather patterns. Even in the warmer months, it is very important to check highway conditions and travel advisories. Drive BC is a great resource with real-time webcams and road statuses.

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Story by Destination BC.  Top/cover artwork by David Ducharme “Equilibrium” (from 2018); photo by David Gluns.

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(Original published date: May 3, 2016)

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